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FREE Webinar - Creating the Ultimate Differentiator: How to Innovate Your Business Model

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On February 25th 1PM EST, Business Models Inc. CEO Patrick van der Pijl will show you how to build powerful differentiators through game-changing business models.

In this webinar, we'll explore: 

  • New ways of thinking about the value your firm brings to its clients
  • Why business models are such good differentiators
  • In-depth examples of business model innovation
  • How to organize a world-class framework for business model innovation

Register for the FREE webinar here. For those who missed the webinar, replay is available here and written highlights are provided in the following blog post.


FREE 7 Week Online Design Thinking Course

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Starting February 9th (registration open till March 1st), Acumen and have partnered to deliver this FREE innovation learning opportunity. Design thinking or human-centered design is a widely recognized "thinking and doing" process for helping you  develop your innovation capabilities. 

The Course for Human-Centered Design is a seven-week curriculum that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and how this approach can be used to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for change. This course has been created to reach those who are brand new to human-centered design, so no prior experience required.

What You'll Learn:

This seven-week course will:

  • Equip you with the mindsets and methods of human-centered design so that you can be more intentional about facing and solving your current challenges
  • Let you experiment with the power of human-centered design
  • Teach you to identify patterns and opportunities for concept development
  • Inspire you to approach challenges differently and experience how human-centered design can add new perspectives to your own work tackling challenges
  • Give you hands-on experience speaking to, prototyping for, and testing solutions with the people you're designing for

Click here to register for this FREE online course.


Innovation is All About Change - Free Webinar

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The Institute is delighted to invite you to an exclusive conversation/webinar with Braden Kelley, respected innovation expert and author, on Thursday, January 15 at 12 pm ET.

In this free interactive 60-minute session, Braden will share key tools and guidelines from his new, not-yet-published book and visual change-planning toolkit.

He will discuss:

  1. How organizational change and project/ portfolio management tie together
  2. Useful frameworks to move from the 'what' to the 'how'
  3. Best (and next) Innovation practices
  4. Roles and responsibilities based on the Nine Innovation Roles (from his last book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire.)
  5. How innovation is all about change.

The Institute highly recommends your investment of an hour to learn more about the "hows" and best practices of business innovation.

Click here for free registration. (presentation completed)

For those who missed the presentation, we are pleased to provide you with access to the replay.   Use Passcode 1515   Here is the link:

For a written summary, see the following Institute blog post.


Recent Institute Press Activity

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Just keeping you all posted on recent press activity with the Institute for Innovation Development: 


                                                                Institute Initial Launch Press Release:


  RIAbiz Institute interview:


  Ultimus Fund Solutions partner press release:




Back End of Innovation - Las Vegas Oct 6-8

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BEI: Back End of Innovation

100% Focused on Execution – Immerse Yourself in Innovation

October 6-8, 2014 | Las Vegas, NV


BEI: Back End of Innovation is an event for the doers. Idea generating is only a portion of the challenge, the bulk of it is in execution...

Innovation without commercialization is just a buzzword.

At BEI: Back End of Innovation you will challenge your organization to be an innovation machine that continually drives output.

Share best practices with the leaders from Boeing, Campbell Soup, Intuit, Johnson and Johnson, PARC, Philips, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool and more. From the process, to the culture, to the resourcing of ideas - you will make innovation happen at BEI.

The Institute strongly recommends members experience an innovation conference as part of your development as innovators. You will be exhilarated and amazed...

 Institute negotiated 20% discount code: BEI14IID

 Link (w/discount):  


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